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Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

A two-CD, 50-song collection of girl group hits and misses originally released on the MGM, Smash, Philips, Fontana, 20th Century Fox, and Mercury labels in the early and mid-'60s. It's nice to have some of these rarities easily available in state-of-the-art fidelity, but it's not one of the best girl group compilations around, in terms of either thematic coherence or consistent quality. The hits by the Shangri-Las, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, the Angels, and the Royalettes are good to great, but are better heard in the context of their own compilations. Much of the rest -- by obscure singers like Ginny Arnell, the Pixies Three, and Beverly Washburn -- is pleasant but rather forgettable. There are some really neat one-shots and lost classics here, though, like Diane Renay's Top Ten hit, "Navy Blue," and her flop follow-up, "Watch Out, Sally!," is one of the toughest white girl group records ever. Also cool are the Secrets' "The Boy Next Door" (an Angels sound-alike) and the two songs by Sadina, which are among the best unknown Wall-of-Sound-type productions ever.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Angels 02:14 Amazon
2 The Shangri-Las 02:19 Amazon
3 Connie Francis 02:19 Amazon
4 Diane Renay 02:28 Amazon
5 The Honeybees 02:30 Amazon
6 Diane Ray 01:44 Amazon
7 Sadina 02:32 Amazon
8 Lesley Gore 02:33 Amazon
9 The Royalettes 03:11 Amazon
10 The Secrets 01:59 Amazon
11 Ginny Arnell 02:45 Amazon
12 The Pixies Three 02:10 Amazon
13 Ann d'Andrea 02:15 Amazon
14 Dusty Springfield 01:55 Amazon
15 The Nu-Luvs 02:52 Amazon
16 Lesley Gore 01:59 Amazon
17 Gigi Parker & The Lonelies 02:19 Amazon
18 The Pixies Three 02:16 Amazon
19 Kenni Woods 02:58 Amazon
20 The Angels 02:00 Amazon
21 The Paris Sisters 02:36 Amazon
22 Diane Renay 03:02 Amazon
23 Lesley Gore 02:20 Amazon
24 The Secrets 02:14 Amazon
25 The Shangri-Las 03:18 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Shangri-Las 02:51 Amazon
2 Dusty Springfield 02:35 Amazon
3 Ginny Arnell 02:15 Amazon
4 The Pixies Three 02:40 Amazon
5 Connie Francis 02:45 Amazon
6 The Sham-Ettes 02:14 Amazon
7 Sadina 02:16 Amazon
8 The Angels 02:45 Amazon
9 The Honeybees 02:19 Amazon
10 Lesley Gore 02:05 Amazon
11 The Paris Sisters 02:39 Amazon
12 Diane Renay 02:51 Amazon
13 Kenni Woods 02:23 Amazon
14 The Shangri-Las 03:12 Amazon
15 Beverly Washburn 02:20 Amazon
16 The Secrets 02:15 Amazon
17 The Pixies Three 02:06 Amazon
18 The Royalettes 02:43 Amazon
19 The Bobbi-Pins 02:06 Amazon
20 Carole Quinn 02:15 Amazon
21 Whyte Boots 02:53 Amazon
22 Lesley Gore 02:14 Amazon
23 The Shangri-Las 02:23 Amazon
24 Diane Renay 02:43 Amazon
25 The Angels 02:32 Amazon
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